| #2 (permalink) Mon May 22, 2006 18:00 pm By the shoulder
|Hi Christina's son,
In this case, the only correct answer (if your choices are with, on or by) is 'by the shoulder' because shaking someone by a part of their body is the phrase that is commonly used because it makes sense. You can grab or hold onto someone by their hand or arm, for example. You could also say 'I grabbed the bag by its leather straps,' for example.
Shaking someone 'with the shoulder' doesn't make sense because who's shoulder is doing the skaking and can you really shake someone with your or their shoulder?
If you try to use 'skaking her on the shoulder,' that implies that you might be standing on the shoulder and shaking what or who?
I hope that helps.
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